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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Allen, William Henry, 1784- (search)
te Constitution in 1805; and in 1807 he was third lieutenant of the Chesapeake when she was attacked by the Leopard. It was Lieutenant Allen who drew up the memorial of the officers of the Chesapeake to the Secretary of the Navy, urging the arrest and trial of Barron for neglect of duty. In 1809 he was made first lieutenant of the frigate United States, under Decatur. He behaved bravely in the conflict with the Macedonian; and after her capture took her safely into New York Harbor, Jan. 1, 1813. In July, 1813, he was promoted to master-commandant while he was on his voyage in the brig Angus, that took W. H. Crawford, American minister, to France. That voyage ended in a remarkable and successful cruise among the British shipping in British waters. After capturing and destroying more than twenty British merchantmen, his own vessel was captured; and he was mortally wounded by a round shot (Aug. 14), and died the next day at Plymouth. England, whither he was conveyed as a prisoner.
ft Tientsin and met its first determined resistance at Peitsang, Aug. 5, which it captured after a hard fight, with a loss of about 200 killed and wounded. With a considerable loss, Yangtsun, Aug. 7, and Tung Chow, Aug. 12, were occupied, and on Aug. 14, the relief forces entered Peking. The Emperor and the Empress Dowager had fled and the Chinese troops were surrounded in the inner city. Fighting in the streets continued till Aug. 28, when the allied troops marched in force through the Forbformance of his official functions, was murdered by soldiers of the regular army, acting under orders of their chiefs. Second-On the same day the foreign legations were attacked and besieged. The attacks continued without intermission until Aug. 14, on which date the arrival of the foreign forces put an end to them. These attacks were made by the regular troops, who joined the Boxers, and who obeyed the orders of the Court emanating from the imperial palace. At the same time the Chinese
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Erie, Fort, (search)
s valued at $200,000. On Aug. 4, 1814, the British, under Lieutenant-Colonel Drummond, began a siege of Fort Erie, with about 5,000 men. Drummond perceived the importance of capturing the American batteries at Black Rock and seizing or destroying the armed schooners in the lake. A force 1,200 strong, that went over to Black Rock, were repulsed by riflemen, militia, and volunteers, under Major Morgan. Meanwhile Drummond had opened fire on Fort Erie with some 24-pounders. From Aug. 7 to Aug. 14 (1814) the cannonade and bombardment was almost incessant. General Gaines had arrived on the 5th, and taken the chief command as Brown's lieutenant. On the morning of the 7th the British hurled a fearful storm of round-shot upon the American works from five of their heavy cannon. Day by day the siege went steadily on. On the 13th Drummond, having completed the mounting of all his heavy ordnance, began a bombardment, which continued through the day, and was renewed on the morning of the 1
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Kansas, (search)
nd plundered stores and houses. The free-labor party were furnished with arms from the free-labor States. Collisions occurred, and on May 26 a fight took place at Ossawatomie, in which the anti-slavery men were led by John Brown (q. v.), where five men were killed. There was another skirmish at Black Jack (June 2), which resulted in the capture of Captain Pots and thirty of his men. Emigrants from the freelabor States, on their way through Missouri, were turned back by armed parties. On Aug. 14, anti-slavery men captured a fort near Lecompton, occupied by Colonel Titus with a party of pro-slavery men, and made prisoners the commander and twenty of his men. On Aug. 25 the acting-governor (Woodin) declared the Territory in a state of rebellion. He and David R. Atchison, late United States Senator from Missouri, gathered a considerable force, and, on Aug. 29, a detachment sent by the latter attacked Ossawatomie, which was defended by a small band under John Brown. The latter was de
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Luna y Arellano, Tristan de 1519-1571 (search)
Luna y Arellano, Tristan de 1519-1571 Explorer; born in Borobia, Aragon, in 1519; and went to Mexico about 1550. In 1559 a powerful expedition was fitted out at Vera Cruz, Mexico, for the conquest of Florida, under his command. He sailed Aug. 14 with a land force of 1,500 soldiers, many friars, and a number of women and children (the families of soldiers), to conquer and colonize Florida. He had a prosperous voyage to the Bay of Pensacola, where he anchored his ships, but a week later a storm arose which drove the vessels ashore and wrecked them. He at once sent out an exploring party in search of the fertile lands and cities plethoric with precious metals, of which he had dreamed. For forty days they marched through a barren country before they found any food. This they found at a deserted town. Word was sent back to De Luna of the abundance of food there. He had lost most of his stores with the ships. With 1,000 men, women, and children, he marched to the town. The fo
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mississippi, (search)
n passed an ordinance of secession on the 9th, and, on March 30, ratified the constitution of the Confederate States. The northern portion of the State was the theatre of military operations in 1862, but the most important ones were in 1863, in movements connected with the siege and capture of Vicksburg (q. v.). On June 13, 1865, President Johnson appointed a provisional governor (W. L. Sharkey), State seal of Mississippi. who ordered an election of delegates to a convention which met Aug. 14. By that convention the constitution of the State was so amended as to abolish slavery, Aug. 21, 1865, and the ordinance of secession was repealed. In October Benjamin G. Humphreys was elected governor, and Congressmen were also chosen. The latter were not admitted to seats, for Congress had its own plan for reorganizing the Union. By that plan Mississippi and Arkansas constituted one military district, and military rule took the place of civil government. Early in January, 1868, a con
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Porto Rico, (search)
d last detachment debarked at Arroyo, which had surrendered to the navy the previous day. With a force of 16,973 officers and men, General Miles started across the island, meeting with but little resistance, and being heartily welcomed by the mass of the people, who greeted the Americans as their liberators. The Spanish troops were defeated in the hills near Hormigueros, Aug. 10, and at Rio Canas, Aug. 13, and General Miles was about to advance on San Juan from several directions, when, on Aug. 14, he was notified of the armistice, and further operations at once ceased. Under Article IV. of the protocol of peace the following commission was appointed to arrange and superintend the evacuation of the island by the Spaniards: for the United States: Maj.-Gen. John R. Brooke, Rear-Admiral Winfield S. Schley, and Brig.-Gen. William W. Gordon; for Spain: Maj.-Gen. Ortego y Diaz, Corn. Vallarino y Carrasco, and Judge-Advocate Sanchez del Aguila y Leon. On Oct. 18, the island was form
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sanders's Creek, battle of. (search)
the way for Gates to make a complete conquest of the State. Clinton had left the command of the forces in the South to Cornwallis, and he had intrusted the leadership of the troops on the Santee and its upper waters to Lord Rawdon, an active officer. The latter was at Camden when Gates approached. Cornwallis, seeing the peril of the troops under him, because of the uprising of the patriots in all directions, hastened to the assistance of Rawdon, and reached that village on the same day (Aug. 14) that Gates arrived at Clermont, north of Camden, and was joined by 700 more Virginia militia, under General Stevens. Then, in his pride, Gates committed the fatal blunder of not preparing for a retreat or rendezvous, being confident of victory. He also weakened his army by sending a detachment to Sumter, to aid him in intercepting a convoy of supplies for Rawdon. On the evening of the 15th Gates marched to attack Rawdon with little more than 3,000 men. Spurning the advice of his off
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), State government. (search)
cruel depredations of their enemies. This was the first act of Congress in favor of absolute independence of Great Britain. The recommendation was generally followed, but not without opposition. New Hampshire had prepared a temporary State government in January, 1776. The royal charters of Rhode Island and Connecticut were considered sufficient for independent local self-government. New Jersey adopted a State constitution July 2, 1776; Virginia, July 5; Pennsylvania, July 15; Maryland, Aug. 14; Delaware, Sept. 20; North Carolina, Dec. 18: Georgia, Feb. 5, 1777; New York, April 20; South Carolina, March 19, 1778; and Massachusetts, March 2, 1780. For all practical purposes—even to the extent of alterations of the constitutions, except in a few States where different provisions were made—the supreme power was vested in the respective legislatures, which, excepting Pennsylvania and Georgia, consisted of two branches. The more numerous branch retained the name it had borne in col
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Kansas, (search)
Legislature selects Lecompton as permanent capitol......Aug. 8, 1855 Governor Reeder announces receipt of notice of his removal, and Secretary Woodson becomes acting governor......Aug. 10, 1855 Rev. Pardee Butler, free-State man, set adrift on a raft in the Missouri River at Atchison for preaching anti-slavery doctrine (on his return the following April he was stripped, tarred, and covered with cotton)......Aug. 16, 1855 Delegates elected by a free-State convention at Lawrence, Aug. 14, which repudiated the acts of the State legislature, assemble at Big Springs, and appoint delegates to a convention at Topeka, Sept. 19, to draw up a State constitution and seek admission to the Union......Sept. 5, 1855 Wilson Shannon, of Ohio, takes oath of office as governor......Sept. 7, 1855 Convention at Topeka to take measures to form a free-State constitution and government......Sept. 19, 1855 Free-State men take no part in the election of Gen. J. W. Whitfield, delegate to C
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